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One thing I would caution is the statement that the fabricator will provide the most economical connection.  This is only moderately true when the structural fabricator is also the erector.  Where the fabricator is only suppling the steel (erection by others) they will design the connections so they are economical to fabricate in the shop but not necessarily to erect in the field.  I remember a Texas fabricator who came up with a set of standard connections which were basically weldless.  Every connection was a nightmare of bolted angles and plates.  One connection had 26 pieces!!  This was great for the fabricator since he only had to cut and punch.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

"Gary Hodgson & Associates" <ghodgson(--nospam--at)>

11/27/2003 05:43 AM

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Re: Connections


Having the fabricator's engineer design and stamp shop drawings is a
plague up here.  Many consultants specify this under the mistaken
impression that this relieves them of responsibility for the design
of connections.  There is something to be said for having the
fabricator choose his own connections because he will choose the most
economical, easy to install connections suitable for his schedule.  
However, it is important, crucial even, that the designer review
these connections.  I do so but there are others that do not.  To
those people, I usually say one thing: "Kansas City Hyatt Hotel".  
They need to read their building code and their performance

Gary Hodgson, P.Eng.
Niagara Falls, ON

On 26 Nov 2003 at 13:03, John P. Riley wrote:

> What are the thoughts about the EOR leaving all structural steel
> connections, including moment connections, up to the fabricator,
> requiring design by a registered structural engineer, of course?  I
> used to think this was shirking one's duty, but I'm in the process of
> rethinking it.
> For me, moment connections can be time-consuming.  And since the
> fabricator may desire a different scheme than I present, due to his
> in-house capabilities, I might have to revisit the connections during
> the shop drawing phase, effectively designing them twice.
> My personal feeling is that structural engineers expend greater
> technical effort per dollar fee than some design professionals; it
> almost seems justified to split the connections off.  It's certainly
> not significantly different than letting someone else design our
> trusses for us, joists and joist girders.  You have to draw the line
> somewhere.
> And I need to make up my mind about this quickly; I'm about ready to
> do this dirty deed on a current fastrack project.
> JPRiley
> PS:  I've been away from the list for quite some time.  Sorry if this
> has been adequately covered in the past.

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